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PLEASE GIVE TO SCHOOL OVERSEER
THEOCRATIC MINISTRY SCHOOL REVIEW ANSWER SHEET COVERING ASSIGNMENTS
FOR WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 6 THROUGH OCTOBER 25, 2010.
SOURCE MATERIAL: New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures [ bi12 ], The
Watchtower [ w ], Insight on the Scriptures, Volumes 1 and 2 [ it- 1, it- 2].
INSTRUCTIONS: Each one should have the questions for the review as set out in
Our Kingdom Ministry. The review should focus attention on the value of the material
considered in the Theocratic Ministry School during the preceding two months. The school
overseer may ask auxiliary questions, as time permits, in order to clarify main points, to
highlight the reasons for the answers, or to elicit comments on how the material can be
applied. It is not always practical for the answer sheet to contain all possible answers; so
any answer that the audience gives that is appropriate and in harmony with our present
understanding is acceptable, even if the point is not found on the answer sheet. Until the
congregation has taken this review, the answer sheet is not to be made available to the
congregation to read, but it may be used by the school overseer as a guide to points that
he wants to emphasize for the congregation. It is not necessary for the school overseer
to read all the answers from the answer sheet if the points have already been covered.
The review should not exceed 20 minutes.
NOTE TO SCHOOL OVERSEERS: Please select an approved Watchtower Study reader
to read from the platform the scriptures cited in or after each question as the question
appears in Our Kingdom Ministry. Cited texts should usually be read before you ask the
printed question. In view of the limited time allotted for the review, you may use your
discretion in determining whether lengthy Scripture citations should be read or be briefly
The date in brackets represents the week that the material was to be covered.
1. What lesson can we learn by examining the
life of King Azariah (Uzziah)? (2 Ki. 15:1-6)
[ Sept. 6, w91 7/15 pp. 29-30] One lesson
is that we should stay humble. Because
of King Uzziah’s lack of humility, his
heart became so haughty that he attempted
to seize hold of priestly duties. When
he became enraged at the priests for correcting
him, he was stricken with leprosy.
(2 Chron. 26:16-21; Prov. 16:18) May we
never be like Uzziah and let pride prevent
us from accepting discipline from God
through His Word and organization.
2. Since Judean King Jotham is credited with
ruling for only 16 years, why does 2 Kings
15:30 refer to “the twentieth year” of his
reign? (2 Chron. 27:7, 8) [ Sept. 6, it- 2 p. 119
par. 5] The reference at 2 Kings 15:30
to “the twentieth year of Jotham” evidently
is to be understood to mean the
20th year after his becoming king, that is,
the fourth year of Ahaz. The writer of the
Kings accountmay have chosen not to introduce
Jotham’s successor Ahaz at this
point because of yet having to supply details
about Jotham’s reign.
3. Who were “the Samaritans” mentioned at
2 Kings 17:29? [ Sept. 13, it- 2 p. 847 par. 7]
This term as used in this scripture refers
to those who lived in the northern tentribe
kingdom of Samaria before it was
conquered by the Assyrians in 740 B.C.E.
In time, however, this expression came to
mean both the descendants of those Jews
and those brought in by the Assyrians to
replace the exiled tribes.
4. Why is Jehovah spoken of as ‘forming’ his
purpose? (2 Ki. 19:25) [ Sept. 20, w99 8/15
p. 14 par. 3] Jehovah causes himself to be
the Fulfiller of all of his promises. (Isa.
46:11) The expression ‘forming’ is taken
from theHebrew word related to the word
meaning “potter.” (Jer. 18:4, ftn.) How
faith strengthening it is to know that just
as a skillful potter can shape a lump of
clay into a beautiful vase, Jehovah can
shape, or maneuver, things to accomplish
his will! (Eph. 1:11)
5. How does 2 Kings 25:8, 25, 26 accurately describe
the starting point of the fulfillment of
the seventy years Jerusalem would lie desolate?
[ Sept. 27, it- 1 p. 415 par. 6–p. 416
pars. 1-2; p. 463 par. 4] It was in the seventh
month, Tishri, of the year 607 B.C.E.
that Jerusalem was destroyed and that
the land of Judah was left completely desolate
by the flight of the remaining Jews
who had not been deported by Nebuchadnezzar.
Ezra 3:1 officially corroborates
the exact fulfillment of this prophecy by
indicating that seventy years later—to
the month—in Tishri 537 B.C.E. the sons
of Israel were back in their cities.
6. Why does 1 Samuel 16:10, 11 record David as
the eighth son of Jesse, while Ezra records
him as the seventh? (1 Chron. 2:15) [ Oct. 4,
w02 9/15 p. 31] In Ezra’s day, there was a
need to verify the tribal inheritances and
guarantee that only authorized people
would serve in the priesthood. Therefore,
Ezra prepared a clear and dependable
record of the lineage of Judah and David.
Evidently, one son of Jesse did not
live long enough to get married and
have children. If that is true, he would
thus have had no claim in the tribal
inheritance nor any bearing on the genealogical
records of Jesse’s lineage. Hence,
his name was omitted.
7. How can we imitate the example of the
ancient Gileadites? (1 Chron. 5:10, 18-22)
[ Oct. 11, w05 10/1 p. 9 par. 7] During
Saul’s reign, the Israelites inhabiting
the land east of the Jordan defeated the
Hagrites even though the Israelites were
outnumbered more than 2 to 1. This was
because they looked to Jehovah for help.
We too can trust in Jehovah as they did,
equipped with “the large shield of faith”
and “the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s
word,” as we carry on our spiritual warfare
against great odds. (Eph. 6:10-17)
8. What lesson can be learned from the Levite
gatekeepers? (1 Chron. 9:26, 27) [ Oct. 18,
w05 10/1 p. 9 par. 8] The Levite gatekeepers
occupied an office of great trust. They
had the key that controlled entrance to
the holy areas of the temple. They were
reliable, opening the gates dependably
each morning. We too have been given a
unique trust, a special key, as it were,
with which we can open up, morning by
morning, the opportunity for others to
worship Jehovah God. We should guard
that trust well and use that key dependably.
9. How important was singing in ancient Israel?
(1 Chron. 9:33) [ Oct. 18, it- 2 p. 452
par. 9] Great importance was attached
to the singing at the temple. This is evident
from the many Scriptural references
to the singers as well as from the fact
that they were “set free from duty” common
to other Levites in order to devote
themselves wholly to their service. “The
singers” even continued as a special
group of Levites after returning from
Babylon. (Ezra 2:40, 41) Singing is likewise
an important part of our worship.
10. What was wrong with David’s reaction described
at 1 Chronicles 13:11? [ Oct. 25, w05
10/1 p. 11] David’s anger was not justified.
The problem was the result of his failure
to obey Jehovah’s specific instructions.
(Num. 7:7-9) Apparently David analyzed
the situation and corrected his mistake
and successfully brought the Ark to Jerusalem
using the proper method. Rather
than becoming angry and blaming Jehovah
when our efforts fail, we must
analyze the situation and try to see what
caused the failure.